Nigella’s Mother-in-Law’s Madeira Cake

Madeira Cake

When I saw that the theme for Bake-Along this time round is Madeira Cake, I decided to Google and find out what’s so special about this cake that is named after a place in Portugal. It turns out that the cake is not from Portugal, but originated in England around the 1800s, and that its name, Madeira, is named for the wine it often accompanies.

Madeira wine is a fortified Portuguese wine made in the Madeira Islands. To accompany this wine which was a popular beverage in Europe since 16th century, this cake was developed, which consists only of butter, sugar, eggs and flour. Lemon juice and zest are later often added to give it a slight tang, and no wine was harm in the making of this cake (only after the cake is made).

Madeira Cake

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